Bing Crosby: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56

The Bing Crosby Estate is proud to be a part of Mosaic Records forthcoming box set, Bing Crosby: The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings 1954-56, due out in November 2009. The recordings were catalogued and restored by the Estate whose members were strongly involved in the project. Robert Bader, Vice President of Marketing and Production for Bing Crosby Enterprises points out, "The songs were not pulled from radio show masters. They were recorded in a recording studio in the same manner as Bing’s records. They were used in the radio shows but are of far superior quality than traditional radio recordings. The tracks in the Mosaic set were all transferred from the original tape sources."

The collection features Crosby accompanied by Buddy Cole and his combo which consisted of drummer Nick Fatool, guitarist Vince Terri, and bassist Don Whitaker. Mosaic Records website reports, "One 14-song session adds clarinetist Matty Matlock, tenor saxophonist Fred Falensby, trumpeter Clyde Hurley, and trombonist Abe Lincoln and finds Bing exploring his roots on tunes like ‘Muskrat Ramble‘, ‘That’s A-Plenty’ and ‘At The Jazz Band Ball‘."

The box set covers 160 tracks recorded on magnetic tapes and aired on Bing Crosby’s CBS radio show showcasing a selection of tunes written by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, and other artists whose works have been immortalized in the Great American Songbook. Radio was one of the first mediums that allowed Crosby to thrive making a lasting impression on listeners. He performed with the Carl Fenton Orchestra on the popular CBS radio program of the early 1930‘s.

Born Harry Lillis Crosby in Tacoma, Washington on May 3, 1903, Crosby coined the name Bing in 1910 when a school friend of his gave him the nickname "Bingo from Bingville," a moniker which was fashioned from Crosby’s adoration for a popular local paper called The Bingville Bugle. The moniker was shortened to Bing and became Crosby’s trademark.

Bing Crosby proved to be more than a great baritone but also a popular actor and radio host over the course of his career. He earned a vast dossier as an astute businessman investing in and endorsing a number of companies including Bing Crosby Ice Cream, La-Z-Boy chairs, Minute Maid orange juice, Binglin Horse Stables, and the electronic company Ampex which made the first reel-to-reel tape recorder for radio commercials in North America. Crosby is the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings on magnetic tape and Mosaic Record’s box set relishes this moment in time.

The Crosby Family has made Bing Crosby’s box set possible and invites audiences to take a trip in time to when Crosby’s music was a special treat on commercial airwaves. On that note, Bader informs, "Bing continued to work in the radio medium long after its other stars had moved into television and dropped radio entirely. Radio made Bing a star and he stuck with it long after anyone else."

More information including some tracks from the Mosaic Records box set can be found at Bing Crosby’s official site:

Mosaic Records video clip promo:

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bing Crosby
  • Subtitle: From Mosaic Records
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